I just came a across an article that I wanted to discuss. The article is titled “10 security mistakes that will get you fired” written by Roger A. Grimes. I have know too many sysadmins and IT security specialists that have committed at least one or more of these huge mistakes. I’ll cover the highlights here with a link below as well.
Mistake #1 Killing Business Functionality
Although network security is job one to a IT professional, it is not to the company you are working for. Closing down critical business information systems while trying to remediate an intrusion can find you in hot water with management. Just assume management will believe the loss of business systems will outweigh the cost ridding the system from the bad guy.s Continue reading →
A: We have enabled web filtering using agents in the latest version of GFI WebMonitor. Basically, a small version of the GFI WebMonitor server is installed on business assets such as laptops and notebooks. This enables the administrator to monitor and block web activity on assets that are not connected to the corporate network. A lot of employees have a company laptop that they take home with them or on their travels. Since these are company owned, we recommend that they are protected even when ‘roaming’, that is away from the office. The level of protection for company assets is the same with the GFI WebMonitor agent whether they are on the network or not. Continue reading →
Although not all stories in the tech press are directly related to security, they often highlight issues that can be excellent educational material. A recent story in The Register about a researcher who wanted to map the Internet caught my attention.
The researcher had a Herculean task to complete: to scan billions of IP addresses using the few computers he had at his disposal. He obviously needed help but where does one find that level of assistance? The researcher gave this some thought and decided to try and exploit insecure systems connected to the Internet. That surely would help. Continue reading →
f you work in an office, chances are you have seen a frantic IT guy or gal running around trying to put out virtual fires, and you’ve wondered what all the fuss was about. In addition to the numerous, legitimate, technical glitches that can come up when operating a data center, there are also lots of mind-numbing issues that IT admins run into when it comes to supporting users. GFI was curious to find out how stressed IT admins are and what causes all that tension, so we surveyed hundreds of IT admins in the U.S. and the UK. The topline results were very interesting, but it was when we dug deeper that we learned just how strange the daily user support situations really are.
Here are the top five categories for the most ridiculous things users do, as well as some odds and ends you have to read to believe . . . Continue reading →